2010 F1 testing live: 19th February

Fernando Alonso gets down to work on a dry track

Fernando Alonso gets down to work on a dry track

Most of the team will swap their drivers for today’s test and early indications are the weather will be kinder to them today.

Join us below to find out how the teams get on in their tenth day of testing.

Times from today’s test

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB6 79.299 115 0
Fernando Alonso Ferrari F10 80.115 132 0.816
Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 80.394 101 1.095
Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth FW32 81.432 138 2.133
Michael Schumacher Mercedes W01 81.437 79 2.138
Robert Kubica Renault R30 81.916 100 2.617
Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes VJM03 81.939 69 2.64
Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari C29 82.228 28 2.929
Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR5 82.564 120 3.265
Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth VR-01 83.504 34 4.205
Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth T127 83.521 68 4.222

Testing notes

The poor weather continues to be the main story at Jerez as the teams struggle to complete as much dry running as they can in the increasingly rare breaks between showers.

Lotus have some ground to make up today after losing a lot of time yesterday after Heikki Kovalainen crashed and a replacement from wing was not available. The team were expecting to receive one overnight.

Today’s testing line-up

McLaren MP4-25Jenson Button
Mercedes W01Michael Schumacher
Red Bull RB6Mark Webber
Ferrari F10Fernando Alonso
Williams FW32Nico H???lkenberg
BMW Sauber C29Kamui Kobayashi
Renault R30Robert Kubica
Force India VJM03Adrian Sutil
Toro Rosso STR5Jaime Alguersuari
Virgin VR-01Lucas di Grassi
Lotus T127Heikki Kovalainen

The track: Circuito de Jerez

The teams are testing at the Circuito de Jerez, formerly the home of the Spanish (1986-1990) and European Grands Prix (1994 and 1997):


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Eight of this year’s pre-season test days will take place at this circuit. Last week Lewis Hamilton set a best time of 1’19.583 at the track.

Live Tweets and times

You can find live times from the track on this site.

Here’s the latest Tweets from people at the track (plus me):

If you would like to suggest a Twitter feed to add to the list, please name them in the comments. The list only updates when this page is refreshed.

2010 F1 testing

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126 comments on 2010 F1 testing live: 19th February

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  1. bwells said on 19th February 2010, 7:56

    Here we go… pray for sunshine!!

  2. Nick Someone said on 19th February 2010, 8:09

    I hope it’s mostly dry today. It’s hard to work out what’s going on when it’s dry, and its almost impossible when its wet.

    —-

    I’m interested in Heikki Kovalainen’s crash yesterday. Was it his mistake as he said? Was it the car being hard to drive because they hadn’t gotten the throttle maps and stuff right? Was it because he was expecting the downforce level of a Mclaren and he had X % less downforce that last years Mclaren?

    I’m beginning to really route for these little new teams because it all seems so very hard.

    Adam Cooper seems to have the inside track on what’s going on with Campos and USF1:

    http://adamcooperf1.com/2010/02/18/will-lopezcampos-deal-be-confirmed-soon/

  3. Mariusz said on 19th February 2010, 8:13

    POLE on the POLE! ! ! Eh Sorry, I’m so excited . . .

  4. Nick Someone said on 19th February 2010, 8:20

    Looks like this is the link to the live timing for today from that Greek website:

    http://www.msfree.gr/ms.php?id=10807

    No times listed yet presumably because they are all doing installation laps.

  5. bwells said on 19th February 2010, 8:23

    dry running is a must… sure it’s always good to get wet weather data… but not all wet weather!.. it looks
    promising today.. 8)

  6. bwells said on 19th February 2010, 8:25

    I tried to google translate that page and it doesn’t seem to work.. would be awesome to have that in english

  7. bwells said on 19th February 2010, 8:47

    I see that Lotus is a firm believer in any press is good press… on there twitter account they just posted 4 articles about there crash yesterday.. lol.. and then Kovi stops on track.. :)

    • Nick Someone said on 19th February 2010, 9:16

      I’m beginning to root for them because of it. All the major players in Lotus are using Twitter and they openly showed their diffuser at the launch. …wow.

      …Although I assume that was because their car has no amazing features any other team would want to copy at this stage.

  8. MacLeod said on 19th February 2010, 9:17

    I think Force india has a problem they are not driving as much as it should. Yesterday they didn’t drove a lot either. engine problems or just electrical due the water?

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 19th February 2010, 9:21

    Some new pics from yesterday’s test here, including the Lotus and Virgin: F1 testing pictures: 18th February

  10. Derek said on 19th February 2010, 9:35

    Jenson’s got off to a good start!

    • Ninjenius said on 19th February 2010, 9:46

      Being a McLaren/Jenson it’s good to see him at the top of the timesheets for once! :D

      But they’re all at least 5 seconds off the pace so plenty of room for improvement for everyone.

      Apparently di Grassi may have struck a barrier a few minutes ago.

      • Ninjenius said on 19th February 2010, 9:48

        *Mclaren/Jenson fan I mean…

        • bwells said on 19th February 2010, 9:52

          Yes lot’s of room for improvement.. and that Virgin just can’t seem to keep it’s wings! I hope they have a spare today.. :)

          • They say “spare part X wont reach us until the evening, so no more testing.” Surely they could have sent over more than one spare component, when they know their car is going to break every day!

  11. bwells said on 19th February 2010, 9:56

    That green flag lasted all of a minute! How frustrating… do they know it’s 2am here and I should be sleeping!! lol…

  12. Derek said on 19th February 2010, 9:58

    I’m all for the British drivers, but mainly I just love F1 period!

  13. Ninjenius said on 19th February 2010, 10:00

    Working 8:45 – 7:45 at my local library today (in case you didn’t guess, I’m a librarian funnily enough). Thank fully I have this and Live Autosport to keep me busy :D

  14. ajokay said on 19th February 2010, 10:04

    Wow, they just keep on throwing these cars into the gravel, don’t they?

  15. FLuidd said on 19th February 2010, 10:07

    Can someone please explain me what’s this whole ordeal about Ferrari’s new chassis ?

    • bwells said on 19th February 2010, 10:14

      Not totally sure… maybe it’s just the second one but they said there was some improvements.. but I know that Fernando’s going out on slicks so the times should drop.. :)

    • Tombong said on 19th February 2010, 10:14

      Nothing is new. It’s exactly the same as the one they’ve used in Valencia

      • ajokay said on 19th February 2010, 10:33

        I believe it’s just the 2nd of the 2 chassis they’ve built so far. Would be better to share the load between the two so that when they get to Bahrain, one driver isn’t in a car thats already racked thousands of testing miles when the other driver is in a brand spanking new tub.

      • No, this is the second chassis they are using. I do not know the differences.

  16. bwells said on 19th February 2010, 10:29

    Shumi and Fernando just had a sweet battle… but Micheal set his best time on a 4 lap run where Fernando was on a 9 lapper.. :)

  17. TeviotMoose said on 19th February 2010, 10:33

    Could you add the VirginRacing twitter feed – they seem quite on the ball (and in the barriers!)

  18. Nick Someone said on 19th February 2010, 10:36

    Uhoh the Greek site with the live timing seems to have gone down. Damn, that was a great service they had on there.

    I hope I didn’t contribute to it’s demise by posting a link to it.

  19. Ninjenius said on 19th February 2010, 10:43

    Alonso goes fastest: 1m21.969

    Getting closer to Hamilton’s fastest from last week…

  20. Ninjenius said on 19th February 2010, 10:53

    Me father seems to think we’ll see the true pace of each car at Barcelona (weather permitting), but I don’t think we’ll see that until Bahrain. What’s everyone else’s take?

    • We need a dry track, air temp 15c + and low wind in Barcelona then the cars will show their true colours.

    • bwells said on 19th February 2010, 10:56

      as we get closer to Bahrain we’ll get a closer idea of each teams pace but ultimately Q3 in Bahrain will be the true judge.. :)

      • Nick Someone said on 19th February 2010, 12:32

        Q3 may well not be a test of ultimate pace because of the new tyre rule about having to start on the quali tyres. It might turn out that the best thing to do is qualify something like 5th on hard tyres, rather than qualify 1st on soft. It’ll be interesting to see how the rules actually work in practice. I’m fairly sure that someone is going to totally screw it up in the first race and look stupid.

    • matt88 said on 19th February 2010, 11:01

      As last year, I think we’ll see the true pace in Barcelona.
      I remember 12 months ago in Barcelona that Briatore said about the fastest laps set by Brawn GP:”There are some teams that are running low on fuel to catch some sponsorship, no need to worry about them.” :D

      • djdaveyp said on 19th February 2010, 11:03

        Another instance where we all see flav is a complete c**k!

        We will see the try pace in q1 actually cost we’ll get to see “for sure” who is the fastest out of virgin and lotus, and any other team that shows up.

        But we’ll get a good idea in bar-phell-ownar, because they’ll all generally do a glory run towards the end!

      • bwells said on 19th February 2010, 11:03

        funny how some people are saying that about Sauber these days.. although they haven’t been as impressive lately..

      • James_mc said on 19th February 2010, 11:31

        Ironic given what Alonso then did to plonk his car on the front row! :D

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